Jul 09

Welcome to the Integral Recovery blog

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Well, here is the first blog entry for our Integral Recovery website. This, in many ways, represents years of struggle, defeats, frustration, exhilarations, inspirations, and integrations. I’m looking out the window of my office in Teasdale, Utah: September 3rd, 2007, 5:30 PM. The sunlight does amazing things at this time of day in our valley. […]

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Jul 09

Enhanced Meditation with Binaural Brain Entrainment

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I’m sitting in a motel room in Boulder, Colorado, where I am attending Naropa University’s Wilderness Therapy Symposium. Living in a small isolated community like Teasdale makes going to a city always interesting. I’m struck with the question, “I used to live like this?” It actually makes me appreciate cities more, and gorgeous Wayne County, Utah (my home) […]

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Jul 09

Where the Rubber Meets the Road

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This blog entry is an excerpt from the rough draft of the book “Integral Recovery” that I am currently writing. I thought this might be of interest to readers to get a taste of what Integral Recovery treatment looks like in practice. But first an introductory quote…. “This week was planes, buses and rental cars. […]

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Jul 09

Why Ethics is Central to Integral Recovery

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“Being a cynic is so contemptibly easy… you don’t have to invest anything in your work. No effort, no pride, no compassion, no sense of excellence, nothing.”– Molly Ivins I’ve been struggling with the idea of adding Ethics as a fifth line of our Integral Recovery Practice. Not because I don’t think Integral Ethics is […]

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Jul 09

3-2-1 Shadow-Releasing Practice

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Here’s another practice to help with your ethical line. I’ve been working with and adapting the 3-2-1 method developed by Ken Wilber for making sure one is covering all the fundamental perspectives (I, We, and It; or 1st-person, 2nd-person, and 3rd-person) in one’s meditative practice. When an issue or emotion arises (and will they ever!) I visualize […]

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Jul 09

Purifying the Shadow and the Prayer of Saint Francis

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One way to get at one’s shadow motives is to simply look deeply into any emotions, thoughts, or feelings that arise in meditation—or any other time. As we continue to let awareness penetrate the objects of consciousness as they arise, they will reveal themselves to us ever more deeply, until they too are empty or […]

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Jul 09

More on Ethics as part of Integral Recovery

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In previous posts, I’ve discussed how to include ethics and morality in your inner meditative work. But inner moral awareness necessitates outer moral behavior. For our ethics to be Integral, they must include ethical action in all 4 quadrants from our highest current level of development. An Integral Life Practice without ethics is foundationally weak. To choose […]

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Jul 09

On Service as part of your Integral Recovery Practice

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Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” This is a quotation from one of the “lost gospels.” This quotation comes from the Gospel of Thomas that was […]

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Jul 09

Practice for Practice’s Sake

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Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. ~ Sir Winston Churchill […]

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Jul 09

In St. Francis’ Tomb

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Something really remarkable happened to me last week, and I’d like to unpack it and see where it takes us. I had the chance to be in the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. We had just arrived in Assisi and were visiting the Basilica. Somehow, I had gotten it in my head that Francis’ […]

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